The New York Islanders announced on Thursday that they will once again partner with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to help raise funds and awareness for the organization. The event will take place on Thursday, March 7, 2013 when the Isles take on their Big Apple Rivals the New York Rangers at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
For each ticket sold $2 will go directly to the NCMEC. Islanders owner Charles Wang has personally committed to matching the total from the donation, and there will also be a 50/50 raffle and Chuck-A-Puck for fans to donate too.
“Children are the future of our country and no matter who you are or where you’re from, we all have the responsibility to protect them,” Walsh said. “We are forever grateful to Charles Wang and the New York Islanders for sharing our commitment. Last season’s event at the Islanders game was a huge success in raising awareness and funds for NCMEC. I plan on putting my undefeated record on the line and seeing another big Islanders victory, both on and off the ice.”
The Mission of the NCMEC is to combat the ever growing numbers of missing and sexually exploited children. An estimated 800,000 children are reported missing each year, and children are sexually victimized every day.
“It is crucial that we do everything possible to make sure our children are safe,” Islanders Owner Charles Wang said. “The fans who came and supported The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children last season were incredible. The donations that were received and the awareness that was raised have gone a long way towards ensuring our children, our future, remain the most important treasure in our lives. I look forward to supporting this important organization in front of a sold out Nassau Coliseum crowd.”
For those who are interested in more information on the NCMEC should check out the link below: